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December 10, 2012
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  • When it comes to pilot technology, how much is too much?
    Blogger Scott Spangler says that to master the art of flying, a pilot has to use all five senses, and technology, while helpful, is only as good as the pilot using it. "Technology can be a wonderful tool, but seduced by its reliable perfections, too often people, not just pilots, surrender their responsibilities to it," he writes. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
What he didn't know about his life insurance cost his family $1 Million. Aviation exclusions can void your coverage if you are flying. Pilots should take special care when comparing life insurance. Get the right coverage without exclusions from our carriers that are aviation approved. When Able Contact at (800) 380-8376 or
  Aviation Update 
  • Japanese team to vie for human-propelled plane record
    Japan-based Team Aeroscepsy has announced its bid to beat the human-propelled plane record with an aircraft built out of polystyrene (plastic-like foam) and powered by a professional cyclist. The aircraft, named Gokurakutombo, weighs 81 pounds but its wingspan is half of a Boeing 747. The flight is planned to be 75 miles long and takes four hours. Fast Company online (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • What is your favorite flight planning tool?
    Check out poll results in Wednesday's eBrief. The results from the poll questions in Aviation eBrief do not necessarily represent the views of pilots, aircraft owners or AOPA members and therefore should not be used for research purposes.

BEND UP A RENTAL PLANE AND YOU COULD GO BROKE. Most pilots are shocked to learn their FBO's insurance doesn't cover them. Damage a rental, you'll likely still pay for repairs. Worse, you could be sued if you injure someone. Avemco Non-Owned Insurance protects you from these financial catastrophes. Get your no-obligation quote.
  Airport Focus 
  • County approves master plan for improvements at Aspen airport
    After two years of public input and review, a plan outlining future facilities at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Colorado was approved by county commissioners. The plan includes a new terminal and reconfiguration of the existing fixed-base operator that serves private aircraft, as well as the addition of a second FBO. The Aspen Times (Colo.) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Helicopter News 
  • Congressman pledges to bring back helicopter noise bill
    Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., plans to reintroduce the Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Relief Act, requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to regulate helicopter flight paths, minimum altitudes and other operations in Los Angeles. Residents have complained to the FAA about low-flying aircraft and excessive noise. Law enforcement, military and emergency aircraft would be exempt from any new regulations. KPCC-FM (Los Angeles) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Avionics & Technology 
  • Vision Systems introduces new products
    Vision Systems introduced two new cabin products for business jets. VisiConnect provides in-flight Internet connectivity with speeds up to 864 kbps. Smart Up is a tablet support arm integrated in the passenger's armrest. According to the company, Embraer has adopted Smart Up for its Phenom 300 jet. AIN Online (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pilot Spotlight 
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  Policy Watch 
  • FCC urges FAA to widen in-flight mobile device use
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski sent a letter Thursday to the Federal Aviation Administration encouraging it to expand the permitted use of electronic devices on flights. When the FAA formed a group to look into the issue earlier this year, it said it would not allow fliers to talk on phones during flights. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/6), CNET (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
WingX Pro7 — ADS-B Weather and Traffic — now on iPad Mini! Supports more than 10 ADS-B receivers! The World's #1 Top Grossing Navigation iPad app is the most open ADS-B technology for the iPad. You choose the ADS-B receiver you want — WingX Pro7 supports Skyradar, Clarity, DUAL XGPS170, and more coming soon!
  AOPA News 
  • Say goodbye to pilot fatigue, fly safer & AOPA members save 20%!
    Pilot Chews, the fuel for pilots. Designed to give you more energy, increased alertness, faster reflexes, improved memory, maximized night vision, and other benefits. Works in 20 minutes and tastes like candy! Join the tens of thousands that are benefiting from Pilot Chews. Receive 20% off your first purchase at Free shipping on orders over $50. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AOPA job of the day: Eastern Regional Manager
    AOPA seeks an experienced Regional Manager for its Eastern Region, consisting of the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Regional Manager serves as one of AOPA's key advocates in promoting the general aviation interests of AOPA at the state and local level. This individual participates in the development, initiation, and execution of strategies that result in: successful advocacy on state legislative or regulatory issues that affect general aviation; development of AOPA's membership base, development of grass-roots support for AOPA goals and issues; and the successful protection of general aviation airports. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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